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Alex Garland's 1997 novel The Beach opens in a Khao San flopthouse, immortalising the world's most infamous haunt for budget travellers. Now Khao San ('street of uncooked rice') has gentrified, with 'flashpackers' wheeling backpacks to boutique digs and hip Thais relishing a parallel nightlife scene.

The first guesthouses opened in 1982 to soak up the human flotsam from the city's bicentennial celebrations. A few wooden shophouses remain, along with converted mansions like the Starbucks in Sunset Street. For transients, the road is one long bucket shop, for air, bus and ferry tickets, not to mention fake ID. It also flogs clothes, beachwear and sandals - and services to 'buy anything', fill iPods or braid hair. The second-hand bookshops have great, serious selections. Meanwhile, costumed Akha tribesfolk pester everyone to buy silverware.

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Comments & ratings 3/5 (Average of 2 ratings)

By bobheb - Aug 19 2013
4/5

fun back pac people place, good cheap accommodations close to many temples, a not to miss couple of days.

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By Dan - Jun 6 2012
1/5

If your desire is to frequent a part of Bangkok that is very 'un-Thai', Khao San is the place. It really merits only one night. Bangkok is blessed with some great bands and musicians playing in bars. While Khao San has quantity, it most certainly doesn't have quality in this regard - the bands and buskers are dreadful. The bars are average and the locals less friendly than in other parts. The latter is understandable, considering the predominance of aggressive, ill-mannered tourists who come to get drunk and have little interest or respect for Thailand. The atmosphere is not as relaxing or welcoming as you might think. See it once and explore the sights around the area but don't waste too much time in Khao San itself. Not too far away, there is better food, there are better sights and there are better places to unwind.

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